We just did a quick trip to our favorite KOA resort, and one thing you guys always ask me about is the foooooood.
Yes, friends. I’ve trained you well.
Here’s what we ate and drank during our quick 3 day / 2 night adventure:
In true Mama fashion, I prepped almost everything before we left so we could basically reheat and enjoy. I also waited until the last possible moments in life to make this happen, just to be sure I was good and sweaty as we rushed out of the house later than we wanted … because everyone loves when campers pull in at 10pm at night, amirite?
Night 1: Bratwurst and Cheese Dip
We serve our brats on Franz Keto Buns and Cheesy Beef Rotel Dip with Chicharrones. I quickly cooked the ground beef in the microwave (it takes about 5 minutes per pound). I have a microwave tool I use for this, and it drains while it cooks. Just make sure you have a microwave safe container and you can drain after.
Breakfast Day 2: Cold Brew and Breakfast Burritos
Did you know cold brew and iced coffee are not the same thing? They really do taste different, and with cold brew you can use a cheaper coffee because the cold brew process allows as smoother flavor and less acidity. Even some people who don’t care for coffee find they like cold brew! It’s easy to make – simply add your ground to water and let sit. It’s very similar to making sun tea. You can let it brew in the fridge or on your counter. I have a carafe to do this in, but you can really make it in any container – just strain the coffee with a cheese cloth after brewing.
I like my cold brew over ice, with a little heavy whipping cream. No sugar needed! The Papa warms his up – he thinks iced coffee is for people who don’t drink coffee until the day has already started to warm up … he might be on to something because I LOVE sleeping in.
Let me know if you try making cold brew after reading this post – it really is easy … before I had my carafe, I did it in a huge bowl. The approximate ratio I like for cold brew is 1 cup of grounds : 2 Liters of water. I double the coffee when I want nitro. It’s super flexible, and you’ll likely find you need less sugar than regular coffee because the cold brew process brings out the natural cocoa flavor.
The kids ask for breakfast burritos with almost every camping trip, and this quick trip was no exception. Because I’m such an awesome mom, I browned our breakfast sausage at home (always add some rosemary or fresh sage to kick it up a notch!) and I cracked our eggs directly into the pan to cook them. On the very last egg, I dropped in a bad egg. <GAG> Have you ever smelled a bad egg? Just typing this out makes me smell it right now. It turns out, in this case, the last one to the party IS the rotten egg.
Sooooo we ended up with egg and cheese because I didn’t have more sausage – This is our version of roughing it. We also used Low Carb Tortillas so we could enjoy some guilt-free s’mores later. #balance
I wrapped these in heavy duty (don’t use regular!) aluminum foil and we threw them on the fire. We like the crispy brown parts, but if you don’t, then be sure your fire isn’t too big, and use the grill over the flame.
The girl is taking a summer class (because she’s an uber nerd) and the hubby was working, so we spent the day being sloths. Even the puppy participated in the sloth-like behavior:
Dinner Day 2: Pudgie Pizza Pies and S’mores
I saw on Pinterest (I’d love for you to follow me there!) there are hundreds of recipes for pudgie pie irons. I had never heard of them, but after a super scientific poll (on FB with my friends) I decided we needed these in our lives. A friend recommended the Rome Brand only, so that’s what we got! I decided to do a pizza for the maiden voyage, and here’s the step by step of what I did:
Step 1: Butter sandwich bread – we like the Franz Keto Bread – and place it butter side down into the iron. Some people spray the iron with non-stick spray, but we just went with just the butter.
Step 2: Spread a thin layer of sauce over the bread. We like Rao’s Marinara – it has very little carbs because no sugar is added.
Step 3: Add your favorite mozzarella cheese. We are huge Tillamook fans for all things cheese. Normally I shred my own cheese, but just think back to our sweaty late leaving, and you’ll understand why I bought pre-shredded.
Step 4: Add your favorite pizza toppings. We actually don’t like pepperoni all that much, but I felt like we had to go basic since this was the first time we made these.
Step 5: Close your sandwich up, and close the iron. Place it in the fire and let it cook for just a few minutes. Be sure and flip so one side isn’t black, while the other stays soft.
Step 6: Remove from the iron (I took the iron apart at the hinge and flipped it onto our plate) and enjoy!
Final thoughts: This is basically a grilled sandwich. HA!
BUT, it’s fun for the kids, and cooking around the fire is about so much more than the food. Definitely a fun activity, and we can’t wait to try a sweet version next – we’ve heard nutella and bananas are yummy!
For desert, we did good, old fashioned s’mores. I like to swap out Lily’s Chocolate when I want to behave, but I went good old fashioned Hershey’s and it was YUM.
Day 3: Pinwheels, Mac and Cheese and Pulled Pork
We slept in and around mid-morning we dug into some pre-made pinwheels The Girl made. She smeared cream cheese on our low carb tortillas and added some cheese and lunch meat. Rolled them up, and cut them into 2 inch pieces. I didn’t grab a pic, but hopefully you’ve seen these before, so you can imagine. 🙂
For dinner, I made mac and cheese. It’s always our last meal for every camping trip. I make it in the microwave, and it’s easy, creamy, and true comfort food.
Here’s the deets:
Step 1: Add pasta to a microwave safe dish. We like shells or farfalle because they hold the creamy sauce well, but do whatever makes your heart happy.
Step 2: Cover pasta with 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream and enough chicken broth to cover the pasta completely – usually about 2/3rds of a box. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and … the secret ingredient – dried mustard. The dried mustard gives it a little bite … it cuts through the cream on cream on cream. Let your heart lead when you season.
Step 3: Microwave on high for the time listed on the box of pasta + 3 minutes. While that is in the microwave, shred your cheese. We like Colby Jack because it melts well, and has a little sharpness, but do what you love.
Step 4: Once your microwave is done, stir the pasta back into the liquid. You shouldn’t need to drain it. Add the shredded cheese and stir it all together until it’s creamy!
We also served pulled pork with the mac and cheese. I just tossed a couple of pork loins in the slow cooker with some taco seasoning, salt and pepper and let it cook on high for about 6 hours. Once it was done, I shredded it and threw it on … you guessed it … Franz Keto Hamburger buns. If you’d like BBQ sauce with it, we love the G Hughes Sugar Free.
As you can see, we keep the meals simple, I prep most ahead of time, and we let loose and ENJOY while we are camping. If you try any of these meals, let me know, or better yet, post it on social media and tag me so I can follow you! I’d love to see how you personalize everything for your family!